The Kingdom of Oceana…by Mitchell Charles

The Kingdom of Oceana…by Mitchell Charles

F‘The Kingdom of Oceana’ is a young adult, fantasy, adventure, historical fiction novel based in what is today Hawaii. This novel is outside of the usual genres I read. I do read historical fiction quite a bit, but usually novels set in Britain or the Eastern U.S. I haven’t before read any novels taking place in Polynesia . I loved the cover art and the very tropical and flowing feel of the prose. Mitchell Charles gives beautiful descriptions of the landscapes. He also gives a convincing description of how life back then. There was a fair amount of magical realism throughout the novel. Enough so that is was a central part of the novel but was still integrated well into the storyline. Charles focuses the story on Prince Ailani and his rivalry with his older brother, Prince Nahoa. The story reads almost as if it is a Kane and Abel parable with Ailani as the good brother and Nahoa as the evil brother. There is also a little romance in the story but is not the main focus of the book. I did enjoy this book and it’s very tropical feel. I would definitely recommend to readers who are looking […]

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Me, Earl,and the Dying Girl…by Jessie Andrews

Me, Earl,and the Dying Girl…by Jessie Andrews

I have had ‘Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl’ in my TBR pile for a while. I loved the name and the cover art is fun and quirky. I have heard it as a of  a ‘cancer’ book that sprung from  “Fault in Our Stars’ popularity’. I did notice that both were published  around the same time, so I am not sure if this is true.  Also, I have to say that other than being about teenagers and cancer, these books are nothing a like. I am far from a John Green fan but at least FIOS has a plot, ok characters, and a worthwhile message. This novel is basically about Greg Gaines, who is the most self deprecating character, by far, that I had ever read about. He basically spends the book saying terrible things about himself and working on not having friends or decent grades . At the same time he seems unaware of others situations around him.His friend Earl at least has some sympathy to Rachel, the girl who is ‘dying’ . In my opinion, all the characters were oversimplified and stereotypical. The writing was very basic and consisted of pages of barely understandable dialog.  I would say the […]

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A Summer to Remember…by Marilyn Pappano Blog Tour

A Summer to Remember…by Marilyn Pappano Blog Tour



   ‘A Summer to Remember’ is novel six in the ‘Tall Grass Series’. Pappano based the series on a group of women who have lost their husbands in war. The women form a sort of support group they call ‘Margarita Club’. Each book in the series focuses on one or two of the women as they carry on with life. This novel could be a standalone book ,as you don’t need to have read the earlier books in the series to understand what is happening. I don’t often read romance novels but this one stood out to me because of its war widow premise. I also have tried to read books outside of my usual genres of young adult, literary fiction and historical fiction. This story mainly focuses on Fia. A twenty something women who lost her husband and  is suffering from an unknown illness. She meets Elliot, a veteran, by chance and sparks begin to fly. This novel was definitely a page turner. Even though the relationships progressed slowly (as they would in life), the story kept my interest. I felt the characters were interesting and very likable. One of the things I really liked about this story was […]

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What Happens Now…by Jennifer Castle Blog Tour

What Happens Now…by Jennifer Castle Blog Tour

  ‘What Happens Now’ is a great book for summer reading. It was a really quick read for me. The prose was easy to read but not too simple. The characters were very realistic and well-developed. They acted as real teenagers would but not with so much teenage jargon that I, as an adult, wasn’t able to understand it. I thought Ari was especially well-developed. Her faults  were human and believable. Camden, who at the beginning, seemed perfect, progressed through the novel, as  regular quirky teenager. I also loved that the supporting characters were also well described and well-developed. One of the things I loved about this book was that it addressed many of the common problems teenagers face such depression, broken families, and making bad choices. One of Ari’s issues that I found most significant was her responsibility of being the main caregiver to her younger half-sister which resulted in loss of some of her freedom. The story highlights Ari’s conflicted feelings about helping her family and having the life of a normal  teenager. Another important element of this story is how Ari and Camden’s relationship grew during the summer. It was refreshing to see a teenage romance that […]

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Beyond the Rising Tide-Book Tour Review

Beyond the Rising Tide-Book Tour Review

‘Beyond the Rising Tide’ is a contemporary romance with an interesting twist. Kai saved Avery’s life. In the process he drowns. Kai and Avery are total strangers when this happens. As a result everything about the boy who saved her life is a mystery to Avery. The gilt Avery feels for what happened causes her life to spiral downhill. Kai, in the afterlife, still feels drawn to Avery and her torment and attempts to help her move on. Paranormal is not a genre that I usually read. However, I was drawn to this book because of the unique premise. The story is full of rich detail of the strong emotions that both Kai and Avery feel. Avery is often conflicted with her feelings for Kai, her ex-boyfriend, and her mentally ill mother. Avery’s  emotions were very raw and made her very easy for me to identify with. Kai’s character was also well-developed and the reader is able to understand Kai’s personality both in his life and his afterlife. Beard also describes the settings in vivid detail. The ocean’s beauty and power is central to the theme and is so well described, it becomes  a character in its self. Another important backdrop in […]

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Looking for Alaska…by John Green

Looking for Alaska…by John Green

I recently read ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ and I just did not get the story line, or the book at all for that matter. For me ‘Looking for Alaska’ was more of the same. A quick read and  somewhat interesting, in parts, but it lacks depth and originality. I don’t know. Maybe, I’m too far in the middle of generation X to understand Green’s writing style. I mean, I used to be somewhat of a John Green fan. I did kind of like ‘Fault in Our Stars’ but come on ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ has almost the same plot as ‘Looking for Alaska’ (i.e. nerdy and extremely intelligent boy has teenage angst for a girl who is not interested). The main characters from the three books, Miles/Colin/Q  and  Alaska/Katherine/Margo are basically all the same people. Green also annoys me with how loves to choose one or more phrases in each book and beat them to death (in ‘Looking For Alaska’ it’s ‘The Great Perhaps’). Ok, so maybe I’m a little biased because of some of the disparaging things John Green has said about Orlando ( and for the record I don’t believe Orlando has ever been a […]

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Lucky Few…By Kathryn Ormsbee

Lucky Few…By Kathryn Ormsbee

  I really needed a need an uplifting, funny, and quick read this week.  (It’s been a tough week around here). Kathryn Ormbee’s  new novel, ‘Lucky Few’, gave me all that and more. Although I wasn’t sure  what to expect , I knew a few pages in that this was my kind of book. This story is both plot and character driven. Orbmbee gives wonderful descriptive details. I can still envision Sanger’s yellow Fiat with the broken door, Stevie’s tiny ranch house, and the blinding Texas heat. Stevie herself is a complicated character. She is preoccupied by being defined as an outcast but doesn’t do much to deflect this reputation. Her best friend, Sanger, is a larger than life character. Sanger loves classical music, computer coding, and has two moms. Then there is the new guy, Max. Max moves in with his grandfather after having a near death experience. To help him recover from the accident, Max makes a list of fake ways to die.  Stevie, Sanger, and Max then embark on a crazy quest to act out the list. One of the things I loved  most about this book was Stevie and Sanger’s unique and special friendship. Relationships is the driving element in the story. What I […]

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The Laura Line…by Crystal Allen

The Laura Line…by Crystal Allen

A touching and funny story of one girl’s journey to discover where she came from and the unlimited possibilities of who she can become, from Crystal Allen, the acclaimed author of How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy and The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown. Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and to be noticed by ultra cute baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school teases her for being overweight, and Troy won’t give her a second glance. Until one day, their history teacher announces a field trip to the run-down slave shack on her grandmother’s property.Heck to the power of no way! Her grandmother insists that it’s more than just an old shack; it’s a monument to the strong women in their family—the Laura Line. But Laura knows better: her classmates will never accept her once they see the shack. So she comes up with the perfect plan to get the trip canceled . . . but when a careless mistake puts the shack—and the Laura Line—in jeopardy, Laura must decide what’s truly important to her. Can Laura figure out how to get what she wants at school while […]

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It Started With A Whisper…by Shannon McCrimmon-Book Blitz

It Started With A Whisper…by Shannon McCrimmon-Book Blitz

  It Started With a Whisper by Shannon McCrimmon Genre: YA Contemporary Release Date: June 1st 2016 Summary: Five simple words: That’s all it takes to change the course of 18-year-old Josie Graham’s life in the summer of 1989. Josie is a musical prodigy: She can sing, play guitar and is a natural on the piano. Instead of spending her last summer before college traveling the country with her rock star father, she’s made a last minute decision to spend it working at her Aunt Bernie’s inn, in Ambler’s Fork, North Carolina. But what could have turned her life-long passion for music into a hatred for an industry she’s worked so hard to get into? Her aunt’s inn seems like the perfect place to escape, to clear her head and figure things out, but on her first day there, she almost drowns before Chic Hobbs saves her. Chic wants nothing more in life than to leave Ambler’s Fork and his sordid past behind—at least not until that day Josie Graham swims into his life. The problem is, Chic’s got a secret. It’s a secret he’s keeping from Josie, and he’s worried if it gets out, it’ll ruin everything, and she’ll judge […]

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